“If you’re a beginner then you’ve lucked out with this app. The pathway is simply superb”: Gibson: Learn & Play Guitar app review

Gibson’s guitar tuition app promises to teach us all a lesson

Woman plays an acoustic guitar using the Gibson lessons app
(Image: © Gibson)

Guitar World Verdict

A beautifully designed app that’s very strong on content for beginners but is less useful for experienced players. Its song library serves some genres well yet remains patchy for others.


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    Lots of in-depth content for beginners

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    Gamified, animated fretboard is fun and effective

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    Amp and jam tracks are both entertaining and educational

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    Roster of excellent teachers

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    Many songs are extremely well executed

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    Less expensive than some other leading apps


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    Some genres lacking, or missing completely

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    Some songs are weakly executed

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    Limited for advanced intermediate players and above

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    No bass guitar option

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Gibson app review: What is it?

Gibson’s Learn & Play Guitar app has been around since 2021, so in terms of content it should be nearing maturity by now. It arrived at the party somewhat late, launching against established online guitar lessons competition such as Yousician, Simply Guitar and, of course, Fender Play. So, how does it compare? Is it suitable for all, from raw beginners right up to polished pros? Let’s find out.

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.